Dortmund coach Klopp extends contract to 2018

Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:16am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at last season's Champions League runners-up until 2018, the club said on Wednesday.

Klopp, who joined Dortmund in 2008, won the Bundesliga with them in 2011 and the domestic league and Cup double in 2012 before losing to German rivals Bayern Munich in this year's Champions League final.

Ushering in an era of exciting, attack-minded football that has won over scores of fans worldwide, Klopp's arrival marked a turning-point for the 1997 Champions League winners who were on the brink of bankruptcy less than 10 years ago.

"No one needs to call until 2018," a smiling Klopp told reporters in a hastily arranged news conference in Dortmund. "We feel a lot of extraordinary trust and confidence in this club. This is a clear sign."

"To have four and a half years of secure employment in our business is unusual but we will not go soft. Instead we have a huge appetite to take on the tasks at hand. We want to continue the successful path and ideally make it even more successful."

Unshaven and preferring a track suit to a three-piece suit on the touchline, Klopp is a crowd favorite in Germany, though his emotions have landed him in trouble, including in this season's Champions League where he sat out two matches for verbally attacking an official.

He has formed one of the quickest teams on the continent despite losing at least one key player per season to bigger clubs.

Dortmund have hit the bullseye with transfers under Klopp, bringing in players such as Marco Reus, Ilkay Guendogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to replace the departing Shinji Kagawa, Mario Goetze and Lucas Barrios.   Continued...

Borussia Dortmund's coach Juergen Klopp reacts during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen October 26, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender